Guns N’ Roses

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Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in Los Angeles, in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Today, Axl Rose is the only remaining original member, in a lineup that comprises Use Your Illusion–era keyboardist Dizzy Reed, lead guitarists DJ Ashba and Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, rhythm guitarist Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, drummer Frank Ferrer, and keyboardist Chris Pitman. The band has released six studio albums to date, accumulating sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, including shipments of 45 million in the United States, making them one of the world's best-selling bands of all time.

A year after its release, Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite for Destruction (1987) reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, on the strength of the hit "Sweet Child o' Mine", their only single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time in the U.S. The success of their debut was followed by the eight-song album G N' R Lies (1988) which reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units sold in the United States alone. The cover album "The Spaghetti Incident?" (1993) was the band's last studio album to feature Slash and McKagan. After more than a decade of work and many lineup changes, Guns N' Roses released the long-awaited album Chinese Democracy (2008) which, at an estimated $14 million in production costs, made it the most expensive album to ever be produced in music history. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 but undersold industry expectations, despite mostly positive critical reception.

Guns N' Roses have been credited with reviving the mainstream popularity of rock music, at a time when popular music was dominated by dance music and pop metal. Their late 1980s and early 1990s years have been described as the period in which they brought forth a "hedonistic rebelliousness" reminiscent of the early Rolling Stones, a reputation that had earned them the nickname "The Most Dangerous Band in the World". The band's classic lineup, along with later members Reed and drummer Matt Sorum, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012, their first year of eligibility.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Appetite for Destruction 4.4 26
1988 G N’ R Lies 2.5 7
1991 Use Your Illusion I 4.45 8
1991 Use Your Illusion II 4.35 9
1993 “The Spaghetti Incident?” 2 6
2008 Chinese Democracy 4.25 9
2014 New York, New York 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Use Your Illusion 1
1998 Welcome To The Videos 1
2004 Greatest Hits 5 5
2011 2 for 1: Appetite for Destruction + G N'R Lies 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Live USA 87-91 (part 3) 1
1999 Live Era '87-'93 4 4
2003 Use Your Illusion I: World Tour - 1992 in Tokyo 2
2004 Use Your Illusion II: World Tour - 1992 in Tokyo 1
2014 Appetite for Democracy: Live at the Hard Rock Casino - Las Vegas 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1987 It's So Easy 1
1988 Sweet Child o' Mine 2
1988 Welcome to the Jungle 1
1989 Nightrain 1
1989 Paradise City 1
1989 Patience 1
1991 You Could Be Mine 2
1991 Don't Cry 1
1991 Live and Let Die 2
1992 Civil War 3
1992 Knockin' on Heaven's Door 2
1992 November Rain 2
1992 Pretty Tied Up 1
1992 Yesterdays 4
1993 Ain't It Fun 1
1993 Estranged 2
1994 Sympathy for the Devil 10
1994 Since I Don't Have You 2
2008 Better 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1993 The “Civil War” EP 1

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide 1
1987 Guns N' Roses (Live from the Jungle) 2

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1991 3rd. Gig 1
Get In The Ring Mother F**ker 1
Live in Rio & Indianapolis 1991 1

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